More rigorous standards and tougher questions on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test this year have lead to drops in state report card achievements statewide.
That includes Naperville elementary schools Highlands, May Watts, and Meadow Glens that each dropped more than 6% for percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards.
District-wide, scores in District 203 show 80.2% of students excelled on the ISAT compared to 92.8% of students last year.
In 204, those percentages are 79% for this year verses 90% last year.
Administrators say the decreases can be misleading -- and that they result from the scores needed to meet state standards being raised, not from having more inept students.
"It's kind of like changing the curve of a class right in the middle of the class. It seems like all of a sudden fewer students are getting A's," said Deputy Superintendent Kaine Osburn. "But all the learning that's taking place continues to be substantial, meaningful, and continues to show improvement."